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President’s Message
Newsletter "SEI WORLD" Vol. 451

Masayoshi Matsumoto President & CEO

Making Full Preparations

Again a new fiscal year has begun.

This year again, many young people have moved up to the next school grade, have gone on to a higher level school, or have begun to work as a full-fledged member of society. Meanwhile, some of you might now be experiencing a new environment, due to a transfer to a new position or a career change.

Although I graduated from university a long time ago, I still remember the advice that I received from one of my instructors on my graduation. The advice was something like the following: “After you begin working in society, you will be occupied with your work almost all the time, except when you are sleeping. So, if you don’t enjoy your work, it follows that you won’t enjoy your life itself. It’s important to consider what you should do to make your work exciting, and take action.”

Based on this advice, I decided to always be fully prepared to fulfill my responsibilities. When you are placed in a new environment, a flood of difficult tasks, partly due to a lack of experience, will strike you frequently, making you feel very blue. Looking back on my career, when I fully prepared to the level which I believed to be satisfactory (though now I’m not sure whether these preparations were really “full”), strangely enough, I often felt encouraged to try harder and wondered what had made me feel so blue. I feel that while repeating this cycle, I have obtained the trust and reliance of people around me, and have learned to enjoy my job more and more.

Being fully prepared, of course, takes time, and it is important to find a way to use time more effectively, as soon as possible. However, there is always never enough time, especially when you are young. When I was working in the U.S., I encountered the following proverb: “In youth, the days are short and the years are long. During your working life, the days are short and the years are also short. After retirement, the days are long and the years are short.” Now I remember another phrase from a poem saying, “Youth is not a time of life ? it is a state of mind.” If you feel that the days are short, this might imply that you are fully enjoying your youth.

Masayoshi Matsumoto President & CEO


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